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High above Buffalo Gorge, Oil on Canvas 102 x 76cm
Agapanthus and Fish Pond, Oil, 50 x 75cm A Summer Gully Highlands 50 x 75cm Apollo Bay Hills n Reflections 50 x 75cm On St Kilda Pier 20 x 30cm Roses and Daisies in Jade Jug 20 x 30cm Native Still Life 20 x 30cm
Woodend Blossoms and Chooks 20 x 20cm Apollo Bay Harbour 20 x 20cm Just Browsing Block Arcade 20 x 30cm Point Roadknight Anglesea to Aireys Inlet 50 x 20cm  Across the Landscape Myrtleford 50 x 20cm Morning Amongst the Red Gums East Mansfield 20 x 30cm
Low Tide Flinders Beach 20 x 30cm Evening Colours Williamstown Girls 20 x 30cm In the Castlemaine Gardens 20 x 30cm Girls and Boats Geelong 20 x 30cm Yarra banks and St Pauls Cathedral 20 x 30cm Green Seas Aireys Inlet 20 x 30cm

Jenny Pihan Fine Art

THE IMPRESSIONIST - Peter Smales 2018 Exhibition

5 December 2018 - 13 December 2018

@ Malvern Artist Society Galleries
1297 High Street

OPENING NIGHT : Wednesday 5th December at 6pm

Open Daily 10am - 5 pm

Painting Demonstration by Peter Smales
Sunday 9th December 2 - 4pm $25 per person. Bookings Essential.
Please contact JPFA - Deborah 0419 879 725 to secure your spot.

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Peter Smales

Born in London in 1958, Peter Smales began painting in his early teens and has been a fulltime professional artist since 1987.

Perhaps Australia’s only contemporary true Impressionist, his painterly world is a highly evolved traditional representational one – where the picture’s subject is nature as reality - but pared down to its energetic and colourful essentials, its expressionistic dynamics, as opposed to external illustrative contours and photographic correctness.

Peter dispenses with surface bravura, developing instead an original take on landscape, departing somewhat from a his early solid foundation in the formalism of Max Meldrum’s tonal realist style of painting, instead relying on the elegant simplification and spontaneity of his colourful brushwork and descriptive eye.

His paintings appear deceptively effortless and unlabored, belying a masterful ability to translate visual impressions in an expressionistic manner that can manifest only through diligent and disciplined practice.

Peter’s economy and grace of his calligraphic brush strokes imbues each picture with an individual fluidity and narrative uncommon in much of contemporary art.

Although inspired by the untrammeled natural world around him, it is the abstract forms and shapes of shadows and sunlight, and the intrinsic unpredictable patterns found in the spatial relationships created by objects interacting in the various moods and atmospheres life that breath fire into his passion for picture making, rather than the objects themselves.

“Painting is all about light – the joy of seeing and how to harmonize the subject with pictorial and decorative qualities,” he says.

“It is a continuing process – not so much an assortment of “things” captured; but attempts to re-visit and make more eloquent artistic statements - the world is full of beautiful things, often in the most unexpected places.”

Peter holds a Bachelor of Education in Painting (Visual Arts) from Melbourne University, and lectured in painting and drawing there from 1986-88. He also received painterly tuition from Alan Martin, Ron Crawford and Sir William Dargie. In 1982 he participated in a European Study Tour.

He is a long-standing member of the prestigious “Twenty Melbourne Painters Society”.

He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, won many awards, and is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, England, America, Japan and Europe.

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